The BERAS Implementation 2010-2013 is not a research project, but researcher and experts will assist in developing tools, policies and recommendations promoting Ecological Recycling Agriculture System.
Some examples by respective Work Package:
Work Package 3 – Conversion of farms and practical guidelines
Experts will help to create a nitrogen balance calculator for legume-grass leys and PC-based legume estimation and the ROTOR developed in WP 4 used for training and predicting future situations or the impact of new agricultural practises on farm level useable for farmers, advisors.
Experts will help to develop practical farm tool to evaluate nutrient utilization witch can be used by a single farm, group of farms of applied on the whole region (watershed) or countries.
Work Package 4 - Environmental, Economical and Sociological Assessment and scenarios
The Works Package is responsible for evaluating the environmental, economic and social impacts of conversion ERA-activities within the project. Based on those evaluations recommendations will be develop to implement measures at larger scale.
Experts will assist in developing of a user friendly model for crop rotation planning and evaluating (ROTOR, ROTations in ORganic farming systems) adapted to the BSR areas. The model will be tested and linked with the watershed model
The experts will provide running evaluation of outcomes in the project by performing evaluations of economical consequences on farm level and of environmental impacts such as limited eutrophication, mitigation of climate change, improving rural life and increasing biodiversity.
Economic consequences will be evaluated, market and society level, as basis for recommendation and support from society for conversion and plans for investments.
WP4 is responsible for developing recommendations directed to local governments for reduction of watershed eutrophication trough promoting conversion to ERA agriculture.
Recommendation for policies, legislation and strategies for conversion to BERAS principles in the whole Baltic Seas Region and for CAP reformation will be developed.
Farming for the future. A book by Artur Grandstedt.
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Did you know?
An average Swede uses 4000 m2 of arable land for their food production.
Half of that area, 2000 m2 per person, would be enough if we reduce the amount of meat to about 20% of the food consumed.
2000 m2 per person corresponds to the average of Earth’s total cultivated area, divided equally among all people.